For many businesses, the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) isn’t brand new. Over previous decades, employees and leaders have made the resounding call for companies to better represent the diverse workforce, include them in leadership positions, and address equity barriers for marginalized groups. With DE&I gaining even more notoriety over the past year, Worldwide ERC®’s new research demonstrates that companies are no longer paying lip service to DE&I, but are taking action to make the business case for DE&I.
Worldwide ERC® recently reached out to more than 600 senior HR leaders, as well as a subset of corporate mobility and mobility service provider leaders—representing a wide variety of industries, world regions, and company size. This deep dive resulted in findings representing broad, global consensus on the competitive necessity of DE&I initiatives. In fact, more than 88% of respondents report direct funding and resources committed to specific activities supporting a larger data-driven DE&I strategy, and that the vast majority of organizations have specific policies to promote implementation at every level of their HR functions.